Post # 1
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
I see often on here that couples on their way to their wedding or honeymoon are upgraded to first class, but I was wondering about those traveling overseas. Overseas flights are usually booked to the brim, so I was wondering if anyone got an upgrade in this situation?
We are flying Denver -> Frankfurt -> Rome in April, and I will be traveling with my dress. Last I looked, our flight seemed pretty booked, so I’m not holding my breath, but it sure would be very nice!
If they didn’t or couldn’t upgrade you, did they give you any other perks? (free drink, etc?)
For those who got upgrades or perks, how did it happen? “Bride” & “groom” shirts? A big dress bag? Casual mention?
Post # 3
I seriously doubt that would happen, it might once in a great while to people but it isn’t a common thing. I’d rather see an elderly couple with terrible seats (middle seats on a long flight, etc) upgraded than someone just because they’re getting married.
Post # 4
@gingerkitten: It will depend where you’re going, how full the flight is, etc. These days, it seems less and less likely. A lot of people fly, and flights are often fully-booked.
In our case, there is no way we’ll get an upgrade, as a) the flight is likely to be full, as we’re travelling to a popular destination and b) even if it isn’t full, it’s a popular honeymoon destination and so we won’t be the only couple on our honeymoon. That and it’s a cheap airline and they don’t give things away for free. I think that best-case scenario they might offer a discount on an upgrade on the day, which we won’t take lol.
The same would go for free drinks: if they gave free drinks to every couple who was getting married/on honeymoon/celebrating an anniversary/birthday etc, they’d be losing a fortune!
Post # 5
Sorry, but upgrades don’t work like that. My SO travels every week for work so we know a lot about upgrades…
First, its based on status, then its paid upgrades. Airlines don’t upgrade just because of a special occasion and often times they will fly with open seats in First/Business class (especially on an international flight).
If you think about it, its really not fair to other passangers. To those in first who paid to be there and the other coach passangers too.
Post # 6
I fogot to add often times you can only upgrade one class. For example, in a 3 cabin plane (coach, business, first) if you purchased a coach ticket you may only be able to upgrade to business (you can’t jump 2 classes and go from coach to first). They will move a business class person to first (again based on status).
We flew American internationally in Novemeber and there were several open business and first seats. There was some crazy woman on our plane to kept trying to sneak up. She even faked a medical emergency midway over the Atlantic and the flight attendents still made her stay in coach!
Post # 7
I can only comment on the european flights…i dont think it will happen any time soon!
Post # 8
No, our flight was full. Sure would have been nice though!
Post # 9
@GG_Vega: +1 Exactly. We paid to upgrade our seats because we want to be all fancy for our honeymoon. An airline trying to make a buck just does not care about whether you are honeymooning. Half the plane could probably argue they had some kind of special circumstance.
Post # 10
We didn’t go overseas to Europe….but we had a 10 hour flight to Hawaii. The flight was booked to the max so we weren’t able to upgrade even by paying extra ourselves. We also island hopped and got nothing…but those we didn’t ask. So many people honeymoon to Hawaii, I can understand why they don’t do it!
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
Upgrades don’t seem very common. We’re not flying but everyone I know who has got the seats they paid for on their flight.
In all my years of travel I’ve gotten a free upgrade once with my family. The four of us were flying British Airways from ORD to LHR and they upgraded up from coach to business with seats behind the bulkhead. Worked out great for Dad since he’s so tall he got more leg room. But why we got upgraded? I have no idea. Sure was nice!
Post # 12
I agree w. PP – the only time we’ve been upgraded is if we’ve paid for it.
Post # 12
gingerkitten: Most carriers really are stingy with upgrades. I was denied a higher place on a F cabin upgrade list on a piddly domestic flight because the UA system hadn’t finished processing my change in status. Even showing the GA my status on my online FF account did nothing for me. By the looks of your itinerary I imagine that you might also be on UA. However, you could also be on LH, and if you are then there will be complimentary drinks on the DEN-FRA leg. If you are on UA, I could imagine you getting a free bottle of wine or something if you have a particularly good-natured FA working your part of the cabin.
Others may disagree with me on this, but I’d just mention it; I wouldn’t try to draw attention via any clothes or bags or things.
Post # 13
We actually just booked first class flights to Hawaii, so they didn’t have to upgrade us. I do know a guy who booked an all-inclusive Mexico honeymoon to some 3 star resort though through an airline vacation company, and they were upgraded at the airport to a completely different 5 star resort.
Post # 14
We flew Chicago > DC > Dublin. We asked pretty much anyone we could. No upgrade on Chicago > DC, but we did get upgraded to “Economy Plus” (aka, more legroom) for DC > Dublin. No upgrades anywhere on our return trip.
Post # 15
I can’t really say for sure, as we didn’t travel internationally for our honeymoon.
But what I will say is that while I lived in Israel I flew back & forth first class 3 times & each time first class was full. And I doubt it was 100% full because they upgraded honeymooners.
My guess is that it is possible they would do that, but only if first class isn’t already totally booked. And still, I find it unlikely, as first class is SO expensive and comes with a ton on perks while traveling internationally. (also, I would never fly first class on my own dime. the only reason I ever flew first class was because my dad was contracted out with a rich israeli company who paid for our flights).